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More troops assigned to Olympics

2012-07-11 22:24

London - The British government is putting 3 500 extra military personnel on standby to protect venues at the London Olympics, after a private contractor acknowledged on Wednesday it may not be able to provide enough guards on time.

The contractor, G4S, which was supposed to provide the bulk of 13 200 private security guards across 100 venues, said in a statement it had encountered problems providing staff, but insisted it still hoped to meet its obligations.

A person brief on the government's planned response, who demanded anonymity because the move has yet to be announced publicly, said the troops are being prepared after G4S held talks with organisers and Britain's government.

Britain's defence ministry declined to provide immediate comment, but government officials said a public announcement was expected shortly.

"This has been an unprecedented and very complex security recruitment, training and deployment exercise, which has been carried out to a tight time scale," G4S said in its statement. "We have encountered some issues in relation to workforce supply and scheduling over the last couple of weeks, but are resolving these every day."

Britain's mammoth Olympics security operation was already scheduled to include 7 500 troops, thousands of police, Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts.

Comments
  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-11 23:11

    Let me make one thing clear. REGARDLESS of security, and every other show, act and smoke/mirrors that the UK displays, is mere posturing. There was 911, then there were the London bombings (traffic cams were mysteriously turned off during the bombing), and next there will be the 2012 Olympics tragedy. It will be a false flag operation to remind the world that we should continue to fight terrorism, and continue to pay tax to fund the Rothschild's war machine. Something. Is. Going. To happen at the olympics, and the fictional Al Qaeda, or Syria, or any other organisation/country that opposes western "civilisation.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 23:18

      How about Iran or Venezuelan sponsored terrorists?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-12 00:39

      Agree with you Michael, something very bad is going to blow up at the games, all in the name to fight terrorism and to invade the Islamic world. God be with our athletes.

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-07-12 08:43

      OOOOOoooooo Brother............... whats next? a BIIIG alien ship landing at the Olympics as well?

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-12 08:22

    I think it could be domestic terorism, the worst is its own worst enemy. The terorists they breed abroad come back to bite them,read bin laden,and the organisation they created oppose PLO

  • badballie - 2012-07-12 09:49

    G4S bit off more than they could chew, better luck next time, gents, the security business is unfortunately one of those that cannot be accurately predicted.

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